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Red Breasted Nuthatch

Red Breasted Nuthatch

Red Breasted Nuthatch

Red Breasted Nuthatch

photo by: Sharon Howell photo by: Sharon Howell

Description: Male Red breasted Nuthatch have a distinctive black streak from beak across the eye to the back. Black on top of head, and white in between top of head and black streak. They have white cheeks and chin. Rust underparts Females and juveniles have duller head and paler underparts

Sound: Not yet available

Food Source: Nuthatches will eat from feeders consuming wild bird seed, peanut butter, suet cakes and woodpecker cakes, chopped kernels of walnuts, pecans, peanuts and sunflower seeds. They are very fond of seeds of pines, spruces, firs and other conifer trees. Nuthatches pry open the pine cones with their bills, & consume the seeds. In the spring and summer, the red-breasted nuthatch feeds on wasps, caterpillars, insect eggs, crane flies, beetles, and moths.

Nesting Habits: Both the female and male Nuthatch's create their home in a decayed tree or stump, though they also use existing holes and occasionally nest in bird boxes. Many sorts of living, dead, & deciduous trees, as well as coniferous, are used. Nests can range anywhere from 5-90' but are generally found 15' above the ground. Nesting materials include grasses, rootlets, mosses, shreds of bark and plant fibers. As many as 6 eggs are laid. The eggs are white or creamy with brown spots

Nuthatch

White Breasted Nuthatch

White Breasted Nuthatch

White Breasted Nuthatch

White Breasted Nuthatch

photo by: Sharon Howell photo by: Sharon Howell

Description: White breasted Nuthatch had white face, throat, and chest, pale rust under tail. They have a black cap, and gray/blue back. 

Sound: Not yet available

Food Source: Will eat from feeders eating wild bird seed, sunflower, peanut butter, suet cakes and woodpecker cakes, milo, corn, pine nuts, elderberries, wheat, and virginia creeper. The diet is about 65% plant materials during winter and 100% animal foods during summer. Summer feast includes bugs, ants, flies, grasshoppers, moths, cankerworms, caterpillars of gypsy moth, forest and tent caterpillars, weevils, wood-borers, tree hoppers, aphids, scale insects

Nesting Habits:   The male nuthatch's bows before the female, sings to her and brings her food during courtship. Once courted,their nest is created often 15-50 feet up in large trees of Oaks, Elm, Maple in a natural cavity or woodpecker's hole. They will also nest in a man-made bird box. Nest materials bark, plant fibers, twigs, fur, hair, and feathers. As many as 8 eggs can be laid. The eggs are white and spotted with browns, reds and gray. The eggs take 12 days to hatch

 

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